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Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy asked people whether their state governments should adopt policies to deal with climate change, for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions.";

A new poll shows less support for states, including Michigan, to take steps to combat climate change.

The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy asked people whether their state governments should adopt policies to deal with climate change, for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2008, U of M researchers found strong support. In 2013, the support for state action had eroded.

“When we ask the question nationally, or state specific, we just do not see the enthusiasm and support for policy engagement that we did four or five years ago,” says Barry Rabe, the center’s director.

Rabe says the recession seems to have sapped a lot of the support for climate change legislation.

He says there has also been an increase in the number of people who doubt that climate change is real.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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